Fires continue throughout Union County

Though ominous clouds darkened El Dorado and the crash and boom of thunder lent a nice soundtrack to the morning hours, Union County Ranger Chris Ludwig reports no measurable rain for today, adding to a weeks’ long hiatus without the wet stuff.

As of Thursday, the county joined the city in a burn ban, hoping to stave off the increasing number of fires sparked by dry and windy conditions — seven in the two days leading up to the judge’s signing of the ban.

However, the ban has done little to control the number of fires spouting up, Ludwig said, explaining that since Thursday five fires have consumed 29 acres in the county. A sixth fire received response from a Louisiana fire department and was therefore not included in the count.

Ludwig lays blame for the fires on the continuing lack of precipitation.

“We’re 10 inches below normal for rainfall,” he said. “We’re going to need a substantial amount of rain to get us back to normal … close to where we need to be.”

The National Weather Service estimates the chance for thunderstorms at 50 percent tomorrow — though, let’s face it, they originally estimated today at 60 percent.

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